26 September – 8 November 2015
5,608 bone china flowers.
60 national and international ceramic artists.
This autumn the UK’s largest ceramics festival will be back in Stoke-on-Trent providing a platform for new ideas, new works and fresh approaches to clay, celebrating the best in contemporary ceramics through an exciting programme of new exhibitions, installations, activities and special events.
At the heart of festival stands the historic former Spode factory site, which will once again form the creative hub, plus a show at AirSpace gallery, and other venues to be announced soon. Highlights include:
- Survey shows AWARD and FRESH acknowledging innovation and accomplishment and identifying emerging talent
- Bruce McLean, one of the UK’s leading artists takes on clay and assembles a studio theatre set of new characters
- Artists’ commissions including a powerful WW1 memorial; new participatory work from festival favourite Lawrence Epps; AWARD13 winner Nao Matsunaga and FRESH13 winner Sarah Worgan return; Neil Brownsword reactivates a series of traditional practises from the ceramics industry; and Michael Eden explores technology and ceramic manufacture in his new work Press Print to Make.
Plus they’ll be plenty of chances to get clay under your fingernails in the interactive hub, purchase one-off exhibition pieces throughout the festival, and you can relax in the new event cafe space Bread in Common in partnership with B arts, which will be serving freshly baked bread from the onsite kilns.
For the full programme and to find out more about the festival have a look on the Biennial website. Look out for further announcements on Facebook and Twitter.